The Audacity of Inez Burns

Dreams, Desire, Treachery & Ruin in the City of Gold

Author: Stephen G. Bloom

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1682450090

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 448

View: 3337

THE VIVID, SCANDAL-FILLED STORY OF A SHREWD, RAGS-TO-RICHES MILLIONAIRESS AND THE RUTHLESS POLITICIAN WHO PURSUED HER, TOLD AGAINST THE EFFERVESCENT BACKDROP OF AMERICA’S GOLDEN CITY—SAN FRANCISCO. San Francisco, until the mid-1940s, was a city that lived by its own rules, fast and loose. Formed by the gold rush and destroyed by the 1906 earthquake, it served as a pleasure palace for the legions of men who sought their fortunes in the California foothills. For the women who followed, their only choice was to support, serve, or submit. Inez Burns was different. She put everyone to shame with her dazzling, calculated, stone-cold ambition. Born in the slums of San Francisco to a cigar-rolling alcoholic, Inez transformed herself into one of California’s richest women, becoming a notorious powerbroker, grand dame, and iconoclast. A stunning beauty with perfumed charm, she rose from manicurist to murderess to millionaire, seducing one man after another, bearing children out of wedlock, and bribing politicians and cops along the way to secure her place in the San Francisco firmament. Inez ruled with incandescent flair. She owned five hundred hats and a closet full of furs, had two small toes surgically removed to fit into stylish high heels, and had two ribs excised to accentuate her hourglass figure. Her presence was defined by couture dresses from Paris, red-carpet strutting at the San Francisco Opera, and a black Pierce-Arrow that delivered her everywhere. She threw outrageous parties on her sprawling, eight-hundred-acre horse ranch, a compound with servants, cooks, horse groomers, and trainers, where politicians, judges, attorneys, Hollywood moguls, and entertainers gamboled over silver fizzes. Inez was adored by the desperate women who sought her out—and loathed by the power-hungry men who plotted to destroy her. During a time when women risked their lives with predatory practitioners lurking in back alleys, Inez and her team of women, clad in crisp, white nurse’s uniforms, worked night and day in her elegantly appointed clinic, performing fifty thousand of the safest, most hygienic abortions available during a time when even the richest wives, Hollywood stars, and mistresses had few options when they found themselves with an unwanted pregnancy. Inez’s illegal business bestowed upon her power and influence—until a determined politician by the name of Edmund G. (Pat) Brown—the father of current California Governor Jerry Brown—used Inez to catapult his nascent career to national prominence. In The Audacity of Inez Burns, Stephen G. Bloom, the author of the bestselling Postville, reveals a jagged slice of lost American history. From Inez’s riveting tale of glamour and tragedy, he has created a brilliant, compulsively readable portrait of an unforgettable woman during a moment when America’s pendulum swung from compassion to criminality by punishing those who permitted women to control their own destinies.

Cool Gray City of Love

49 Views of San Francisco

Author: Gary Kamiya

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1620401266

Category: Travel

Page: 400

View: 9094

"A kaleidoscopic homage both personal and historical . . . Kamiya's symphony of San Francisco is a grand pleasure." --New York Times Book Review


the cabaret years

Author: Ron Nowicki

Publisher: N.A


Category: History

Page: 284

View: 9268

Warsaw: The Cabaret Years is the first full portrait in English of Warsaw's cultural life between the world wars. The Golden Era of Warsaw, from 1919 to 1939, witnessed one of the richest cultural and artistic scenes of Europe. Poland's capital abounded with poets, novelists, filmmakers, artists, and architects. Literary magazines, opera, symphonic music, and theater flourished along with audacious cabarets - the Sphinx, Black Cat, Mirage, and the legendary Qui Pro Quo - that rivaled those of Berlin. Foreign journalists called Warsaw "the Paris of Eastern Europe". Among the luminaries living and working in Warsaw at the time were writers Czeslaw Milosz and Isaac Bashevis Singer, pianist Ignacy Jan Paderewski (once the prime minister), actress Ida Kaminska, and cabaret star Hanka Ordonowna. Artur Rubinstein performed with the Warsaw Symphony, and George Bernard Shaw premiered some of his plays in Warsaw. Warsaw: The Cabaret Years paints a vivid picture of a city overflowing with champagne, extravagance, and raucous cabarets, a city that boasted over sixty cinemas but still had unpaved roads. This historical narrative explores a society moving ineluctably toward the disaster of World War II, yet leaving a trail of brilliant achievements.

Season of the Witch

Enchantment, Terror and Deliverance in the City of Love

Author: David Talbot

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781439127872

Category: History

Page: 480

View: 3118

Salon founder David Talbot chronicles the cultural history of San Francisco and from the late 1960s to the early 1980s when figures such as Harvey Milk, Janis Joplin, Jim Jones, and Bill Walsh helped usher from backwater city to thriving metropolis.


A Social and Cultural History of the Jews of the San Francisco Bay Area

Author: Fred Rosenbaum

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 0520271300

Category: History

Page: 439

View: 5402

"At last, the Jews of San Francisco Bay have a history worthy of their community's storied past. Engaging, well documented, and brimming with insights, Cosmopolitans captures the vibrancy, the distinctiveness, the highlights and the lowlights of San Francisco Jewry. This is Fred Rosenbaum's magnum opus, the product of more than three decades of research."--Jonathan D. Sarna, author of American Judaism: A History "Many are surprised to learn that Northern California and the San Francisco Bay Area are epicenters of Jewish-American civilization. In point of fact, no single community has contributed comparably to the rise and development of this region--and no book tells this story better than Fred Rosenbaum's Cosmopolitans."--Kevin Starr, University of Southern California

The Medici Letters

The Secret Origins of the Renaissance

Author: Taylor Buck

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781517530433


Page: 406

View: 2434

A shocking ancient secret. The origins of western civilization discovered. The Renaissance-our most fundamental age of technological and artistic advance, was built upon a secret passed down to a banking family in Florence-the Medici. 500 years ago that secret was buried. Florence, Italy, present day. A trove of letters belonging to the Medici family is discovered underground. Archaeologist Kat Cullen comes across a map that leads her to the Swiss Alps where her partner is murdered and she is left for dead. Kat's husband, professor and classicist-Jack Cullen, rushes to investigate. He joins with Chester Allen, a scientist from surveillance enterprise TerraTEK Industries, and together they begin to unravel the mystery of the Medici letters in hopes of determining what happened in the Alps. As they dig deeper, Jack stumbles across a secret-the infamous Medici treasure is real. However, word gets out and Jack soon realizes he's not the only one interested in finding it...a deadly and elusive assassin attempts to seize control, throwing Jack into a series of harrowing escapades-riding horseback through the streets of Siena, discovering clues inside ancient cathedrals, deciphering 500 year-old cryptosystems and navigating an underground labyrinth in order to solve a secret so powerful it could change the world forever. This fast-paced adventure blends together a modern-day treasure hunt with historic accounts of Lorenzo de'Medici in Renaissance Florence in an international thriller with plenty of dark twists and exciting turns.

San Francisco, Baby!

Author: Ward Jenkins

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 1452106207

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 24

View: 5135

Baby takes a tour of San Francisco and sees the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, Alcatraz and the other sights around the "City by the Bay."

See San Francisco

Through the Lens of SFGirlbyBay

Author: Victoria Smith

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 1452149259

Category: Travel

Page: 128

View: 2650

From internationally popular design blogger SF Girl By Bay comes the ultimate love letter to San Francisco. This gorgeously photographed lifestyle guide gives readers an insider's tour of the City by the Bay through Victoria Smith's unique lens. Organized by neighborhood, each chapter features enchanting photos of hidden corners, local color, landmarks, and hotspots, revealing why so many people—Victoria included—are falling head over heels for this amazing city. Brimming with original, dreamy photography and packaged as a gorgeous jacketed hardcover, this lovely book makes a perfect gift for photography fans, San Francisco dwellers, visitors to the city, or anyone who has left their heart in San Francisco.

San Francisco: The Musical History Tour

A Guide to Over 200 of the Bay Area's Most Memorable Music Sites

Author: Joel Selvin

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 9780811810074

Category: Music

Page: 176

View: 6089

Get the real skinny on the Bay Area's most illustrious rock and-roll, jazz, and blues musicians and their favorite digs from the one cat who should know—the San Francisco Chronicle's longtime music critic Joel Selvin. Here are the stories, legends, and secrets behind the clubs, recording studios, famous homes, and final resting places of dozens of music greats, from Jimi Hendrix to Linda Ronstadt. With rare archival photographs of pivotal events and places, this lively compendium will captivate both resident and visiting music fans.

Infinite City

A San Francisco Atlas

Author: Rebecca Solnit

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520262492

Category: History

Page: 156

View: 1590

What makes a place? Rebecca Solnit reinvents the traditional atlas, searching for layers of meaning & connections of experience across San Francisco.

The Trees of San Francisco

Author: Michael Sullivan

Publisher: Wilderness Press

ISBN: 0899977448

Category: Nature

Page: 192

View: 8386

Trees of San Francisco introduces readers to the rich variety of trees that thrive in San Francisco's unique conditions. San Francisco's cool Mediterranean climate has made it home to interesting and unusual trees from all over the world - trees as colorful and exotic as the city itself. This new guide combines engaging descriptions of sixty-five different trees with color photos that reflect the visual appeal of San Francisco. Each page covers a different tree, with several paragraphs of interesting text accompanied by one or two photos. Each entry for a tree also lists locations where "landmark" specimens of the tree can be found. Interspersed throughout the book are sidebar stories of general interest related to San Francisco's trees. Trees of San Francisco also includes a dozen tree tours that will link landmark trees and local attractions in interesting San Francisco neighborhoods such as the Castro, Pacific Heights and the Mission - walks that will appeal to tourists as well as Bay Area natives.

Walking San Francisco

30 Savvy Tours Exploring Steep Streets, Grand Hotels, Dive Bars, and Waterfront Parks (Large Print 16pt)

Author: Tom Downs


ISBN: 1459619013


Page: 368

View: 6652

In Walking San Francisco, Tom Downs has created an exceptional guide to exploring the best of the City ''on the ground,'' from North Beach to Lands End, Bernal Heights to Golden Gate Park. Take one of these specially designed walking tours, and you'll not only get great exercise but also soak up the history, culture, and vibe of the City by the Bay. It's like having a savvy tour guide at your side, showing you where to find great mojitos, and pointing out a rare worker-owned strip joint. Two special tours sample the best bars in North Beach and the Mission District. Locals and visitors alike will appreciate insider tips and entertaining asides in the 30 walking trips. Each tour contains a clear neighborhood map and critical public transportation and parking information. Route summaries make each walk easy to follow, and a ''Points of Interest'' section outlines each walk's highlights.

San Francisco Baby

Author: Tess Shea,Jerome Pohlen

Publisher: Duo PressLlc

ISBN: 9781938093166

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 22

View: 5377

Babies from San Francisco show readers some of the distinctive things about the city where they live and play.

Frog Music

A Novel

Author: Emma Donoghue

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 0316324663

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

View: 7733

From the author of the worldwide bestseller Room: "Her greatest achievement yet...Emma Donoghue shows more than range with FROG MUSIC--she shows genius." -- Darin Strauss, author of Half a Life Summer of 1876: San Francisco is in the fierce grip of a record-breaking heat wave and a smallpox epidemic. Through the window of a railroad saloon, a young woman named Jenny Bonnet is shot dead. The survivor, her friend Blanche Beunon, is a French burlesque dancer. Over the next three days, she will risk everything to bring Jenny's murderer to justice--if he doesn't track her down first. The story Blanche struggles to piece together is one of free-love bohemians, desperate paupers, and arrogant millionaires; of jealous men, icy women, and damaged children. It's the secret life of Jenny herself, a notorious character who breaks the law every morning by getting dressed: a charmer as slippery as the frogs she hunts. In thrilling, cinematic style, FROG MUSIC digs up a long-forgotten, never-solved crime. Full of songs that migrated across the world, Emma Donoghue's lyrical tale of love and bloodshed among lowlifes captures the pulse of a boomtown like no other.

Pictures of a Gone City

Tech and the Dark Side of Prosperity in the San Francisco Bay Area

Author: Richard Walker

Publisher: PM Press

ISBN: 1629635235

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 480

View: 7669

This exploration begins by tracing the concentration of IT in Greater Silicon Valley and the resulting growth in start-ups, jobs, and wealth. This is followed by a look at the new working class of color and the millions earning poverty wages. The middle chapters survey the urban scene, including the housing bubble and the newly exploded metropolis, and the final chapters take on the political questions raised by the environmental impact of the boom, the fantastical ideology of TechWorld, and the tech-led transformation of the region.

Silicon City: San Francisco in the Long Shadow of the Valley

Author: Cary McClelland

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393608808

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

View: 372

An intimate, eye-opening portrait of San Francisco transformed by the tech boom. San Francisco is changing at warp speed. Famously home to artists and activists, and known as the birthplace of the Beats, the Black Panthers, and the LGBTQ movement, in recent decades the Bay Area has been reshaped by Silicon Valley, the engine of the new American economy. The richer the region gets, the more unequal and less diverse it becomes, and cracks in the city’s facade—rapid gentrification, an epidemic of evictions, rising crime, atrophied public institutions—have started to show. Inspired by Studs Terkel’s classic works of oral history, writer and filmmaker Cary McClelland spent several years interviewing people at the epicenter of the recent change, from venture capitalists and coders to politicians and protesters, from native sons and daughters to the city’s newest arrivals. The crisp and vivid stories of Silicon City’s diverse cast capture San Francisco as never before. The book opens with a longtime tour guide recounting the history of the original Gold Rush and observing how little the people of his city pay attention to its history; it ends on Fisherman’s Wharf, with the proprietor of an arcade game museum reminding us that even today’s technology will become relics of the past. In between we hear from people who have passed through Apple, Google, eBay, Intel, and the other big tech companies of our time. And we meet those who are experiencing the changes at the grassroots level: a homeless advocate in Haight-Ashbury, an Oakland rapper, a pawnbroker in the Mission, a man who helped dismantle and rebuild the Bay Bridge, and a woman who runs a tattoo parlor in the Castro. Silicon City masterfully weaves together a candid conversation across a divided community to create a dynamic portrait of a beloved city—and a cautionary tale for the entire country.

The End of San Francisco

Author: Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

Publisher: City Lights Books

ISBN: 0872866068

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 192

View: 3334

An elegy for the dream of a radical queer community, and the mythical city that was supposed to nurture it.

The Monk of Mokha

Author: Dave Eggers

Publisher: Knopf

ISBN: 1101947322

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

View: 435

The Monk of Mokha is the exhilarating true story of a young Yemeni American man, raised in San Francisco, who dreams of resurrecting the ancient art of Yemeni coffee but finds himself trapped in Sana’a by civil war. Mokhtar Alkhanshali is twenty-four and working as a doorman when he discovers the astonishing history of coffee and Yemen’s central place in it. He leaves San Francisco and travels deep into his ancestral homeland to tour terraced farms high in the country’s rugged mountains and meet beleagured but determined farmers. But when war engulfs the country and Saudi bombs rain down, Mokhtar has to find a way out of Yemen without sacrificing his dreams or abandoning his people.